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C&O Canal National Historical Park Offers Programs and Exhibits Relating to Williamsport Being Considered as US Capital

C&O Canal National Historical Park Offers Programs and Exhibits Relating to Williamsport Being Considered as US Capital

(Williamsport, MD): Following the recent inauguration, the C&O Canal National Historical Park is offering special exhibits and children's activities.
At the Williamsport Visitor Center (open Wednesday through Sunday), visitors can see Williamsport: The Town that was Nearly Capital of the United States. This exhibit tells the story of how President George Washington considered Williamsport as a possible location for the Federal capital and visited the town in October 1790 to survey the location.
If Washington had selected Williamsport for the capital of the United States, inaugurations would have occurred in Washington County, Maryland. Three interpretive panels and artwork, on loan from the Williamsport Town Museum, tell the story.
Children will learn more about presidential connections by completing activities in a special Junior Ranger Inauguration Activity. This booklet can be picked up at any C&O Canal NHP Visitor Center or downloaded from the park website at www.nps.gov.choh/forkids/beajuniorranger.h
Many National Park Service sites across the country have strong connections to American Presidents and are sharing their Presidential stories. Special programs are offered at parks throughout the Washington, DC area. Check out the web site www.nps.gov/inau/index.htm for a listing of programs.
The C&O Canal National Historical Park is Maryland's largest and most-visited national park. The park is a member of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau. For more information about Washington County, see: www.marylandmemories.com.

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